Jackson Academy is telling students who went to Europe or China on spring break to take an additional 14 days off.
In a letter sent to JA families, the school said that they will probably require all students, parents and employees returning from China, Iran, South Korea or the European continent, or who were on any cruise during the holiday, to “refrain from coming to school for the recommended 14-day period, starting on the day of their return to the U.S.”
The school also noted that it, along with Jackson Prep and St. Andrew’s, would be extending spring breaks for an additional day, with students now expected to return on Tuesday, March 17.
JA officials say the move will “give us the full weekend to receive and evaluate clarifications and recommendations from the CDC, government agencies, healthcare professionals, etc. Then Monday can be used to re-confer with our staff and our peer students to make a calm and informed final decision about school starts, alternative instruction, quarantines, school-sponsored trips, sporting events” and the like.
Thirty-seven students, parents and faculty members from Jackson Academy (JA) visited Paris over spring break as part of a school-sponsored trip. At press time, more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in France. Today, the European nation announced that it was going to close all schools and universities there to curb the spread, according to CNBC's website.
Mississippi’s first case of coronavirus, COVID-19, was reported on March 11. Also on March 11, President Donald Trump issued a temporary travel ban from Europe, citing the spread of the virus there. The World Health Organization has already classified the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the virus show up two to 14 days after exposure. They include fever, cough and shortness of breath.